In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.
Chloë Grace Moretz,
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
Robert Downey Jr.,
Washed up Hollywood actor Reagon Pearce is kidnapped by thugs on the way to work in Shreveport, Louisiana. Trapped in a swamp hut, his kidnappers torture and blackmail him, hijacking his ... See full summary »
A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.
William H. Macy
After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing -- a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.
Kat Connors is 17 years old when her seemingly perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears in 1988. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it... Written by
Why not both? The disappearance of Kat Connor's (Shailene Woodley) mother (Eva Green) is the thread that holds both facets of White Bird in a Blizzard together. While wondering alongside Kat about the truth behind the sudden vanishing, we are provided with several episodic flashbacks (highly reminiscent of the recent If I Stay), that closely follow Kat during her development to a young adult. In the end those neatly line up to complete the puzzle presented to us.
Both aspects never feel imbalanced, but in the end several shortcomings reduce their respective impact. We never delve too deep into Kat's psyche, even the few psychotherapeutic sessions feel more explanatory than enlightening. Additionally the crude symbolism of the dream scenes could have been easily reduced to a minimum. The way the ending is handled is also disgruntling even if it falls in line with the movie's logic. It is most likely the allocation of time that ultimately prevents either story to be fully fleshed out.
The biggest strengths of the movie lie in the well-portrayed, limited and subjective angle from which the drama behind the disappearance is presented and the refreshing performance of Eva Green as the mother. On the other hand there is a shallowness that never ceases to make itself felt.
This movie is a commendable attempt to spice up a classic coming of age story and even if it doesn't succeed there are still a few positive things you could take away from it.
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